Gold Mine Short Essay - Answer Key

Wilbur Smith
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1. Describe the situation in the mining area in the opening of Chapter 1.

The earth has been shaking and seismic activity in the area is confirmed by Dr. Wessel who says the worst is yet to come. Section 43 has collapsed.

2. Why does Rod take the Mary Anne?

Rod takes the Mary Anne to get down into the mining shaft. He discovers deep in the earth the lobby station from where he can go in search of the men who are hurt from the blast.

3. How are the mining men rescued and what kind of blasts do they use and why?

The mining men who are stuck under rocks are provided with morphine to ease the pain while 12 men are sent in to find the 9 missing men. Rod instructs his men to do time-delayed blasts every 5 minutes while the rescue men are pulled to the side so that he can keep the shareholders happy.

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